EFS-Web Announcement Archive 2006

ADVISORY: Petitions filed under 37 CFR 1.378(c) SB66 - Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Payment of Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (37 CFR 1.378(c)) - can be submitted and are auto-grantable via EFS-Web. For help with filing auto-grantable petitions, visit: the Quick Start Guide for Petitions. All EFS-Web Forms and Guides can be retrieved via the EFS-Web Tools page (24OCT2006)

ADVISORY (26SEP2006): The USPTO has been receiving numerous filings where users incorrectly index their documents using Accelerated Examination descriptions. Though no rights to your patent are affected, erroneously indexed documents can negatively impact your processing time.

The following Accelerated Examination document descriptions should ONLY be used when an applicant has filed a grantable petition to make special under the accelerated examination program:

* Accelerated Exam - Transmittal amendment/ reply
* Petition for 12-month Accelerated Exam
* Statement of pre-examination search
* Examination support document

For more information on this special program visit Accelerated Examination (tutorial and Federal Register Notice available on that page)